updated: 5/4/2010 1:11:36 PM

Milton to Move Forward With New Wastewater System

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

The town of Milton will soon begin construction on a $5 million wastewater collection system. The Wayne County town has received more than $5.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the State Revolving Loan Fund. Construction on the project could begin this month.

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(Milton) The town of Milton has received permission to begin construction on a $5 million wastewater collection system. The town will receive $1,170,250 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, along with a $616,385 loan and $3,735,000 grant from the State Revolving Loan Fund for a total project cost of $5,521,635.

Donna Powell, President of the Milton Town Council says the town is very fortunate to receive this funding, which will keep monthly sewer bills for residents to around $65, the lowest possible to install the badly needed wastewater system. She credits State Senator Allen Paul for assisting the town in their pursuit of funding, “Senator Paul has been very receptive to the issues and concerns of the residents in Milton and has worked very hard to help us find solutions to improve our town. We really appreciate all he has done on our behalf.”

Powell also credits the various organizations working for the town on this project including the EDC of Wayne County who is providing grant administration and project development services, along with the Eastern Indiana Development District. Strand Associates, Incorporated is the engineering firm on the project.

As with many small towns in Indiana, Milton faces failed and failing individual septic systems on lot sizes that are too small to be corrected according to today’s ordinances. In instances where new septic systems could be installed residents are looking at costs upward of $10,000. The installation of the wastewater system will allow home owners to correct their failing septic tank issues, improve property values and allow new home construction to occur as well as possible business development. Construction on the project could begin in May.

The EDC of Wayne County exists to provide business and community development for all of Wayne County. Partners in county-wide economic development currently include Wayne County along with the towns of Cambridge City, Centerville, East Germantown, Economy, Hagerstown, Milton, Mt. Auburn, Richmond and Whitewater.

Source: EDC of Wayne County

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